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  • NEW YORK-- Barbara Walters says she will interview Lindsay Lohan next month for ABC's "20/ 20" newsmagazine. The Lifetime biopic stars the 26- year-old actress as screen diva Elizabeth Taylor. It spotlights Taylor's quarter-century love affair with celebrated leading man Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice.

  • THE JUMP: Shares of Abbott Laboratories Inc. rose Monday after the company said an experimental five-drug regimen cured 99 percent of patients in a 12- week mid-stage clinical trial. THE DATA: The North Chicago, Ill., company said the regimen worked on patients with the most common and hardest-to-treat type of the disease.

  • WASHINGTON-- Nearly six in 10 Medicare recipients would pay higher premiums under a hypothetical privatized system along the lines of what Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has proposed, according to a study released Monday.

  • WASHINGTON-- Tobacco companies are urging a federal judge to reject the government's proposed industry-financed corrective statements, calling them "forced public confessions." The Justice Department countered that the statements need to be strong enough to protect people from future false statements made by cigarette makers.

  • TAMPA, Fla.-- Reality TV star and former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing a Tampa Bay- based disc jockey, the DJ's ex-wife and a New York media group over a sex tape. According to a news release from Hogan's publicist, two lawsuits will be discussed during a news conference Monday afternoon near the federal courthouse in Tampa.

  • ABBEVILLE, S.C.-- A company that does screen printing and embroidery for promotional products is adding 50 new jobs at its facility in South Carolina's Abbeville County. Company president Kevin Nord says the company needs to expand to meet increasing customer demand.

  • NEW YORK-- Abbott Laboratories said Monday that its experimental hepatitis C drug regimen cured 99 percent of patients in a midstage study with the most common and hardest-to-treat type of the disease. Abbott shares rose $2.77, or 4 percent, to close at $72.05 Monday.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Gasoline prices in Rhode Island have dropped by two cents in the past week. Costs for fuel in Rhode Island have dropped four cents in the past month. A year ago, gas cost $3.55 a gallon in Rhode Island.

  • BOSTON-- Gas prices have dropped five cents per gallon in Massachusetts in the past week. AAA Southern New England reported Monday that a gallon of self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $3.83. The prices in the latest survey ranged from a low of $3.66 to a high of $3.99.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A tax amnesty program in Rhode Island has generated more than $4.1 million in payments from people behind on their taxes. The state Division of Taxation said Monday that it has received 1,933 applications since the amnesty period began Sept. 2.

  • NEW YORK-- Citigroup isn't as enthusiastic as its peers about a comeback in the housing market. On Friday, executives at Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase declared that the long-struggling market had turned a corner.

  • NEW YORK-- THE LAWSUIT: Morgan Stanley is being accused of discriminating against black homeowners and violating federal civil rights laws by providing strong incentives to a subprime lender to originate mortgages that were likely not to be repaid. Morgan Stanley says the allegations are without merit and that it will defend itself against the accusations.

  • NEW YORK-- GIVE ME CREDIT: Amazon.com Inc. has informed its Kindle customers that they may receive a credit on previous electronic book purchases as part of settlements between some major e-book publishers and the government.

  • Shares of Eli Lilly and Co. started the week strong after the drug developer said Monday a potential stomach cancer treatment met goals for improved patient survival and progression-free survival in a late-stage study that compared it to a dummy treatment.

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.-- A 3 M Co. subsidiary launched a tender offer Monday for all outstanding shares of common stock of Ceradyne Inc. as part of the office supply company's plan to buy the ceramic components maker. 3 M, which makes Post-It notes and other products, announced in September that it was buying Ceradyne for $847 million.

  • General Electric and Military Families at Syracuse University are developing a reference guide that employers can use to help them more effectively recruit and mentor veterans.

  • NEWARK, N.J.-- New Jersey Transit will stop providing free rides for some employees and retirees. NJ Transit says the move could bring in an additional $1.6 million annually. Similar measures have been approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Delaware River Port Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • COLUMBIA, S.C.-- The agency that tracks South Carolina's unemployment rate is downsizing. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Monday it would cut more than 130 jobs statewide. South Carolina's jobless rate held fast at 9.6 percent in August, essentially remaining the same as in July.

  • BELLEVUE, Wash.-- The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $4.10. That's the same as a week ago and 4 cents higher than a month ago. Bellingham $4.20, Bremerton $4.10, Seattle- Bellevue- Everett $4.13, Tacoma $4.11, Olympia $4.14, Vancouver $4.10, Yakima $4.02, Tri-Cities $3.99, and Spokane $3.92.

  • GALVESTON, Texas-- Galveston had a record $8.4 million in peak-season tourism revenue this year in a continuing turnaround since Hurricane Ike battered the Southeast Texas island. The Galveston County Daily-News reported Monday that officials believe a $100,000 marketing campaign called "It's Island Time" contributed to the increase.